Day 10 – Snorkeling at Cayo Arena

Happy Saturday! We woke up early in Punta Rusia and had a delicious breakfast of German pancakes that Rene (our host who is German) made for us. Around 8:30am, we headed to the beach where two boats with Dominican drivers were waiting for us. They took us about twenty minutes out to a sand dune where tourists come from all over the world to snorkel. We took turns swimming around the island to snorkel, and relaxing in the shallow, clear water on the dune.

Snorkeling was amazing! Our guides were feeding the fish as we swam, so we had colorful fish surrounding us as we absorbed the beautiful coral and sights in the Caribbean Sea. Personally, I was struck by all of the intricate details in the life under the sea. On this trip, we’ve really gotten to see how beautiful our earth is – both above and below water.

On the way back to shore, our boat drivers surprised us and took us through the mangroves and to a private lagoon. It was so unique! We loved the peaceful nature of the trees and windy ways of the mangroves.

Around 2pm, we left Punta Rusia and headed to the capital of the Domincan Republic, Santo Domingo. Our hotel is much more modern than the other ones on our trip, so we are certainly enjoying the air conditioning and indoor pool. The hotel staff even cooked us a barbecue dinner tonight! Tomorrow we explore the city on segways. Can’t wait!

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